The Pulse is the bi-weekly e-newsletter from The Physician Alliance, one of Michigan's largest physician organizations serving more than 2,200 primary care and specialty physicians.
The Pulse of The Physician Alliance
Friday, August 3, 2018
Updates coming to Wellcentive ADT Dashboard
A new look is coming to the Wellcentive ADT Dashboard! Updates will go live the week of Aug. 26, 2018. 

The Physician Alliance is hosting several webinars to help train staff on the updates:
Tuesday, Aug. 14, 12-12:30pm
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 8-8:30am OR  3:30-4pm
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2-2:30pm
Tuesday, Aug. 21, 11:30am-12pm OR 12-12:30pm
Wednesday, Aug. 22, 12-12:30pm OR 3-3:30pm
Thursday, Aug. 23, 12-12:30pm OR 3-3:30pm
Friday, Aug. 24, 8:30-9am

The training will be recorded for those who can't attend a session.  Details will be mailed to Wellcentive users through the Wellcentive mail system. New users will also be invited to the presentations. Office managers will need to complete and return a Wellcentive User-Auth prior to the presentation so usernames and passwords can be created.  Registration and questions should be directed to Fran Burley at or

Meet pain/symptom management education requirements

The Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement is a collaborative of provider organizations and health plans focused on complex patient management training. Mi-CCSI provides comprehensive training to assist primary care teams in managing acute and chronic pain. Upcoming training sessions will be hosted in  collaboration with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, which is hosting the sessions at their South Lyon facility.  Priority Health has also provided funds for the sessions. Importantly, the training meets the pain management CME requirements for license renewal. There are CME for providers and nurses, CE for social workers and pharmacists. 

Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 30 OR Tuesday, Nov. 20; 7:30am-4:15pm

Target audience: Primary care practice teams or individual providers, clinical and non-clinical staff (providers, care managers, social workers, medical assistants, office managers other practice staff, pharmacists, and behavioral health specialists).

Click here for more details and registration. 

Patient-centered medical home and value-based reimbursement  effective dates change

A reminder that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently announced that the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation and primary care physician value-base reimbursement (VBR) effective dates are  changing to Sept. 1, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2019

The current VBR and PCMH designation status has been extended to Aug. 31, 2018 (originally scheduled to end on June 30, 2018). The delay is to help ensure all data is complete before producing and releasing final results. The new timeline will apply to future schedules.

Record retention reminder
Providers in Michigan must follow certain requirements to maintain and provide medical records to patients. 

The Bureau of Professional Licensing recently sent a reminder that  Michigan law, MCL 333.16213, requires an individual licensed or registered under the Public Health Code to keep and maintain a record for each patient for whom they have provided medical services. Unless a longer retention period is required under federal or state laws or regulations, or by generally accepted standards of medical or professional practice, a licensee must keep and retain each record for a minimum of 7 years from the date of service for that patient. A licensee is obligated under statute to fulfill these requirements, even in the event a licensee sells or closes their practice, retires from practice, or otherwise ceases to practice. 
A licensee that fails to comply with this requirement is subject to administrative action against their license, including a fine up to $10,000.00. Further details regarding a licensee's obligation to maintain patient records can be found here.

News you can use

Opioid law requires doctors to check online registry, but not all have easy access, Crain's Detroit 
Blue Cross to pay patients up to $500 rebate for choosing cheaper doctor, Herald Sun
Borrowing from the cancer playbook to find treatment for Alzheimer's disease, CNN
Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid-Prescribing Debate, Kaiser Health News
Some Doctors, Patients Balk At Medicare Flat Fee Payment Proposal, Kaiser Health News
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